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Update Reminder - 6 Week Goal

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I set a goal March 28th to be at 175 6 weeks from that date -- which I have just calculated means to be at 175 by May 9th. I kind of forgot I set that goal, but I am excited to see that I will probably hit it! :D

I'm not sure how feasible a large reward will be for that financially, so I'm going to have to ponder on something small to reward myself once I hit 175. :)

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MARLIE13 4/25/2008 5:53PM

    WOOHOO for you! What about a magazine subscription? Do you have Oxygen already? I'm loving it!

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TRECECOOKS 4/25/2008 3:09PM

    That is AWESOME!! You must be so PROUD of you!!

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RUTHIEBABY1 4/25/2008 12:19PM

    you totally rock!

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KIMCATUS 4/25/2008 12:12PM

    SWEET!!! You go girl!! Everyone else has awesome ideas for rewards...wish I could think of some. Maybe a nice drive...course with gas prices, that's not cheap anymore. A nice picnic at a partk somewhere for you and hubby? Maybe there's a free concert or something going on? Either way, congrats...I know you will reach your goal! You're one of the most determined people I know!!

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HOPERY 4/25/2008 8:19AM

    Congrats on being so close to your goal. I do really small rewards like buying myself some new flowers to plant. painting my nails, having a bubble bath...Hardly any cost in those. You'll think of something good.

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CATIATM 4/24/2008 8:10PM

    How wonderful! I'm not sure what kind of finances you have to play with, but perhaps you could treat yourself to a day at the spa, or tickets to a concert, or a weekend away with DH some place romantic. ... And if those aren't possibilities, perhaps DH would be willing to plan a budget evening of romance and celebration, or your family could do a celebration get together.

I sure whatever you choose will be cool, but not as cool as waking up every day feeling fab!

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LANC92 4/24/2008 7:29PM

    I'm always fascinated by the reward for making a goal thing no matter if the reward is large or small. I have never done that. I think I have some serious scruitinizing to do because I just realized that I don't reward myself because I never have felt that what I've accomplished SO FAR is worthy of reward. Hmmm....

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

So...... a confession. I was scared mapmyrun.com was being too generous with me in my recent pace improvements. I was like, maybe I clicked too far on the map? Hahaha! So anyway, today I did my run indoors around a measured track and pushed myself just a little to make sure I didn't slip into a slower pace, and finished 2 miles in JUST under 21 minutes! :D So that's a pace of right about 10.5min per mile! WOOHOO!!!

I am very excited about that. I would normally try to run longer than that, but I'm trying not to push myself to do too much and burnout. I did hop on a bike for a grand total of 10 minutes (including cooldown) after my run just to kinda do that motion for a while.

I'm burning far fewer calories per week right now than I'm used to burning -- BUT I'm working on some excercises that I'm completely not used to doing so it feels harder to get the same benefit... kinda funny how that works. I mean those 10 minutes on the bike today were kinda rough coming right after that run -- but then again, if I DO a triathlon one day I'm going to be swimmingbikingrunning all in a row, so I will have to be prepared to perform when my muscles are fatigued -- or build up my endurance so high I don't GET fatigued. (HA HA HA.)

So anyway -- I'm going to stick with the program and I know my calories are reduced so I'm not going to gain, but I have to be prepared that things might be slow going while I am building technique and skill in certain types of excercise (*ahem* SWIMMING *ahem*) so that I can really enjoy a full excercise benefit of this stuff later.

I don't want to give up on it because I'm not getting the calorie burn I want, and I also don't want to try to add more excercise on top of it and REALLY burn myself out, so I'm just going to stick with it.


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KIMCATUS 4/24/2008 9:14PM

    HOMG! That is awesome! Soon enough you'll be talking about the triathlon you've done...lol! You go girl...always my inspiration to push myself further and faster (why did that just remind me of the Six Million Dollar Man??! Oh craps...70's flashback!!! LOL). Go Dana!!!

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DEBBIEDAY 4/24/2008 4:58PM

    GREAT time on that run and then to do the bike too...you are rockin and good idea to not worry about 'slowing' the calories burned ( for now) * TWEAK food choices to get the best nutrition for your decreased calories...take a multi-vitamin ( if you aren't already) ....watch portions and keep movin to keep losin...you are doing AMAZING!!!!

Pink Shrinkers but still on the same BL challenge 'team'....
you gooo gal! emoticon

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BRUIN2 4/24/2008 4:48PM

    Sounds like you're attacking this the right way! You know that you're burning less calories, for now... hehe, that's right - soon you'll be motoring through the miles in the pool, on the bike and on the road and you'll need to up your calories again! Just keep track of where you're at and it will all come together!

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MILLER32807 4/24/2008 2:46PM

    I think you are doing great. If you go for that extra calorie burn, you will most likely burn yourself out and be forced to take a break for awhile and will be burning FAR LESS calories then!! Listen to your body and do what it tells you it can do.

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Rest day continued! hahah

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Well... last night it was all I could do to slump into the house and lay around like a slug.

I was going to take a nap but when I went in the bedroom to lay down I turned on VH1 and they were having a Rock of Love II marathon followed by the finale, and there was a girl I liked on there that I was rooting for (that won! YAY!), so I got sucked in.

It did feel good to "rest", but I did no ST, and this morning I was still feeling tired because I didn't nap so I didn't run either.

BUT! I did ST this morning. Tomorrow maybe a short run followed by bike stuff. I have just been feeling so tired lately, but I do feel better when I do something active -- it's just hard to get that desire like I normally have.

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KIMCATUS 4/24/2008 9:12AM

    It does sounds like your body is telling you to take it easy...just take care of yourself and rest when you need it! :D

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HOPERY 4/24/2008 7:22AM

    I felt the same yesterday. Went to bed with a headache. I think it was sinuses. Maybe you need to plan a little more rest into your routine. If it is on purpose, you won't let it get you down. I give myself a day a week to chose to skip my work out. I chose the day based on what my body is telling me. If I don't need it , I try to do a workout that is different from my plan-like taking the kids hiking.

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BRUIN2 4/23/2008 7:31PM

    I concur with Marlie. Don't beat yourself up over needing to rest!

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MARLIE13 4/23/2008 7:03PM

    It sounds to me like your body is not so secretly telling you that it wants to rest. Listen to it sweetie and don't give yourself a hard time over it. Don't go crazy on calories though either. lol! Maybe you can find a new healthy recipe to try so you feel successful at something good you're doing for your body?

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Looking forward to...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

... a "rest" day. *Ahhhhhh*! :D

It's a cardio off day, but I will be doing some strength training at home -- but today is the glorious "off at 4PM, don't return to work until 1PM the next day" day. So I will be doing some Strength Training tonight after I go home from work, a little tidying, but mostly RESTING. WONDERFUL DAY! :D hahahaha.

Yesterday I DID go to the gym despite almost talking myself out of it to swim and bike, and then grocery shopped, and then band rehearsal. It was a busy busy evening. BUT! By getting it all done yesterday, I have time today. YAY.

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MARLIE13 4/23/2008 4:53PM

    YAY! I hope it was all that you needed!

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CAROL_HOORAH 4/22/2008 9:53PM

    wooohoooo enjoy your day off! I just saw your msg now about being careful not to push myself too hard... duntcha you worry girl! lol I try to really listen to my body, I don't ignore what it's saying lol just yesterday when I ran I wanted to do 5K but my body didn't so I only did 3... today I did a glorious 6K though woot woot!

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LILBITFIT 4/22/2008 3:02PM

    Oh, I hope you really enjoy your relaxing "day off!" emoticon

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Monday, April 21, 2008

I just found a before picture of me online... and this is about 2 months into my weight loss as well -- so I've probably lost around 15lbs here - maybe more - since my highest weight.

This is a picture from two different parties at the same girl's house roughly a year apart (a year and a month maybe?). I can't believe I used to be the girl on the left -- kinda slumping, trying to hide, sitting against the wall... there's one where I'm SLIGHTLY attempting to play twister, my shirt is riding up my back because it is tight... you can kinda see my undies on the bottom too... so we're not gonna post that one. But wow.

I still just can't believe how far I've come. From slumping wallflower with rolls and rolls, to jumping around dancing FULL of energy!!!

P.S. -- the pants on the right are SUPER baggy, too, cause I was dressed up as a skater and I still look so tiny compared to the before... wow wow wow... it's just mind boggling.

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    GO YOU! Woohoo! ((BIG HUG))

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LOBO1978_2000 4/22/2008 1:37PM

    Thanks for posting such changes in your blog. It just motivates us even more to see them.

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CATIATM 4/22/2008 9:38AM

    That's quite a difference! YAY, Dana!!!

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KELLZIE 4/22/2008 8:33AM

    You are amazing! What an inspiration to others! Thanks for sharing.

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CAROL_HOORAH 4/22/2008 8:10AM

    wow I love this!!!!! p.s. where is the buns brigade I don't see it!

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HOPERY 4/21/2008 10:02PM

    Wow! You are blowing me away. Some day it will be me too!

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SAPOROUS 4/21/2008 7:46PM

    It's always motivating to see random people losing weight, but to see someone you grew up with completely changing their entire life like you have is just unbelievable! You amaze me Dana!

One thing though, you said that you were the girl in the corner slumping at the party. No... I don't remember that Dana. Even though you were overweight, you were always the life of the party in my eyes. Maybe I was just more of a wallflower (but you know me and know that's not true), or maybe I just looked up to you because of your awesome (that's right, I said awesome) style, but you always seemed to be confident to me. And I loved that. It gave me confidence. And now you're giving me motivation. Thanks for all of it!

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MISSWASHUU 4/21/2008 3:40PM

    that is AWESOME!! look how far you've come!! You're an inspiration girl!

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**PRICELESS** 4/21/2008 12:50PM

    WOW is right!!! You Rock Girl! Keep doin what you're doin cuz it's workin!!! =)

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AMUNET_RA 4/21/2008 11:56AM

    WOW, indeed! What an inspiration to the rest of us!


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    Wow! There's such a difference in the pictures. You look like a totally different person even! There's a lot to be said for gaining confidence...dancing picture is 100% confident and beautiful. Well done my friend!!

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MILLER32807 4/21/2008 11:33AM

    WOW... there is such a HUGE difference in how you look. And because of your height, you still don't look like you weigh anywhere near 175-180 lbs. You have done such a great job. You definitely motivate me!!!

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SWEETY0603 4/21/2008 11:30AM

    Congratulations on your success Zircadia. I am wow'd myself at your accomplishments and you definately motivate me to want to keep going so that I take take my rolls and roll them out the door and out of my life.

Enjoy your new tiny lifestyle you deserve it!

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